Advancement is an integral part of the Scouting program which provides recognition for individual effort and accomplishment, as well as a measure of acquired proficiency in basic skills. Advancement is a three- part obligation of:
- The Scout to take the initiative and to work;
- The parents to encourage excellence;
- The adult leaders of the Troop to provide guidance and opportunity.
A Scout who is not steadily advancing to 1st Class rank is missing a vital part of the program. Advancement beyond 1st Class is attainable through the opportunities which the Troop provides, but it also requires determination, initiative, and leadership on the part of the Scout. Guidelines indicating the maximum amounts of time that should elapse from joining to the attainment of each rank up through 1st Class are listed below. If these are not being met, the Scout and/or parents should contact the Advancement Chairman.
|2nd Class||9 months|
|1st Class||18 months|
These are maximums; an active, well motivated Scout can achieve 1st Class within 12 months. Troop 116 strongly encourages Eagle candidates to have both the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges, the Cooking merit badge, and the 50-Miler Award.